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    IronKey Workspace review: Windows 8 PC on a stick

    Posted February 4, 2013 - 5:07 pm

    Imation's new USB drive uses Windows To Go to create a fully functional Windows 8 PC on any computer.
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    Ceton Echo review: Extend Windows Media Center from your PC to your TV

    Posted February 2, 2013 - 8:25 am

    The universe of Windows Media Center Extenders--a class of networking hardware that enables you to connect the PC in your den to the TV in your living room--rapidly shrunk to just one device after Microsoft rendered its Xbox gaming console capable of the trick. Now Ceton is trying to carve out a niche in this space with its Echo--a component barely larger than a Roku box.
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    Review: Toshiba Satellite LX835-D3380, below average display, underperforming

    Posted January 26, 2013 - 8:40 am

    The Toshiba Satellite LX835 starts at $1399.99, which doesn't exactly put it in the budget all-in-one category (if such a category even exists). But you'd never know that by looking at it--thanks to its be-stickered bezel, unimpressive touchscreen, and cheap peripherals, it doesn't exactly look like a top-of-the-line machine out of the box.
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    Review: Pokki shows the Windows 8 that might have been

    Posted January 26, 2013 - 8:13 am

    The death of the Start menu is way up there on my personal list of modern tech tragedies and epic Microsoft blunders. It's almost as egregious as Microsoft Bob, but not as funny. Fortunately, there's no lack of ways to bring it back, from traditional-looking applications such as Classic Shell to bolder reimaginings such as Pokki, a free start menu and app store that shows what Windows 8 might have been.
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    Review: HP Envy 23 TouchSmart, sleek, sturdy and a win for consumers

    Posted January 19, 2013 - 8:41 am

    HP's latest Envy 23 TouchSmart all-in-one desktop computer is a bit pricey at just over $1700, but it's a relatively good-looking machine with a nice, sturdy build.
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    Review: Dell XPS One, form over function

    Posted January 19, 2013 - 8:35 am

    Earlier this year, we took a look at Dell's non-touchscreen version of the XPS One 27. Now Dell's pretty all-in-one is back, with slightly updated specs, Windows 8 Professional, and, of course, a touchscreen. This version of the One is as gorgeous as ever, with the exact same design as its predecessor, and its Quad HD screen looks even better with multi-touch. But now that Windows 8 is out, just about every single computer out there has a touchscreen--so how does the One hold up?
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    17 best apps to download for your new Windows 8 tablet

    Posted December 26, 2012 - 10:54 pm

    The first time you boot up your shiny new Windows 8 tablet and witness Microsoft's live tiles in all their constantly shifting, multi-hued glory, it's only natural to want to dive into the Windows Store and try a few apps out for yourself. Just one problem, though: There are tens of thousands of Windows 8 apps available, and Microsoft doesn't do a great job of directing people to the cream of the crop.
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    Review Acer Iconia W700: tablet, meet desktop

    Posted December 22, 2012 - 8:05 am

    Windows 8 opens up some interesting design possibilities for computing devices, and Acer's Iconia W700 epitomizes the hybrid desktop/tablet or modular small PC possibility. The W700 can be used as a normal Windows 8 tablet, but ships with a docking station/stand and Bluetooth keyboard that allow you to use it as you would a normal touchscreen PC. It's a good idea that, unfortunately, isn't perfectly implemented.
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    The 5 best Windows 8 tablets and laptops you can buy today

    Posted December 17, 2012 - 4:43 pm

    The clamshell laptop is finally joining the beige desktop in the museum of computer artifacts. The basic hinged design made its first appearance in a device called the Grid Compass way back in 1982, so no one can scoff at the clamshell's longevity. Nonetheless, times are finally changing, which means it's time for the pure clamshell laptop to ride off into the sunset.
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    Acer Aspire V5 review: beauty and no brains

    Posted December 15, 2012 - 8:45 am

    The Acer Aspire V5 isn’t a bad-looking machine, considering its price point. It’s heavier than it looks, but that heaviness translates into denseness, which translates into the machine feeling sturdy and stable. It almost looks like an Ultrabook – it’s relatively slim, it has a simple, sleek overall design, and an edge-to-edge glass display. But does this laptop’s performance live up to its prettiness? Read on to find out.
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    Samsung ATIV Smart PC: Samsung hits the Clover Trail

    Posted December 15, 2012 - 8:35 am

    Whether Samsung is trying to confuse buyers into thinking they’re buying a laptop, or can’t make up its mind what it is, the Samsung ATIV Smart PC is (mostly) a tablet. Sure, it’s got a nearly full-size keyboard, but the keyboard is included as a detachable accessory. The slender tablet, just 9.9mm thin, is only three ounces heavier than an iPad. Even the CPU, the Atom Z2760 (“Clover Trail”) is Intel’s attempt to take on ARM-based CPUs. Users expecting a laptop may end up disappointed.
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    Lenovo ThinkPad Twist review: a great business tool

    Posted December 15, 2012 - 8:25 am

    Lenovo’s ThinkPad Twist is the latest in a string of Windows 8-running tablet-laptop hybrids, and it’s a little different from the competition. Mainly, it’s a business-oriented tablet-laptop (excuse me, tablet-Ultrabook) hybrid that stays true (sort of) to the ThinkPad line’s traditional, if somewhat boring, aesthetic.
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    3 Windows 8 ultrabooks: lightweight and powerful

    Posted December 15, 2012 - 8:05 am

    While much of the attention surrounding the long-awaited introduction of Windows 8 has focused on the latest tablets and convertibles, ultrabooks seem to have been lost in the frenzy. But although they aren't Transformers that can assume several computing personalities, ultrabooks tend to be lighter and less expensive -- and, for most business users, more useful.
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    Acer Aspire M5-481PT review: jack of all trades, master of none

    Posted December 15, 2012 - 8:03 am

    A year and a half ago, the Acer M5-481PT would have been a revelation. A Windows 8 Ultrabook, the M5 sports a third-generation Intel Core i5-3317U processor, 6GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive (with 20GB SSD cache), a 14-inch 10-point multitouch screen, and a DVD-RW drive. It’s an impressively robust hardware package, especially for its budget pricetag of $800.
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    Review: Acer Iconia W700 is a mixed bag of Windows 8 whatsit

    Posted December 13, 2012 - 10:24 am

    Acer's Windows 8 tablet with dock stand and keyboard just doesn't measure up as a convertible
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    Review: Acer Aspire 7600U all-in-one big screen, little performance

    Posted December 1, 2012 - 8:05 am

    The Acer Aspire 7600U-UR308 is an impressive-looking system, with a large, 27-inch touchscreen, edge-to-edge glass bezel, and clear glass base. However, it’s also got a mobile processor, which means it’s less powerful than its desktop-processor-sporting counterparts.
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    Dell XPS 12 review: does it succeed as both an ultrabook and a tablet?

    Posted December 1, 2012 - 8:03 am

    Dell's new XPS 12 convertible is one of the first Windows 8 computer to work both as an ultrabook and a tablet. But despite a nice design and great display, it may not succeed.
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    Review: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 is flexible in more than one way

    Posted November 24, 2012 - 8:45 am

    Lenovo's Yoga is aptly named -- it's flexible in more than one way. Not only can this Ultrabook be used as a laptop and a tablet, its screen can actually swivel around the hinge 360 degrees to maximize the tablet experience.
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    Review Dell XPS 12: a clever convertible Ultrabook

    Posted November 24, 2012 - 8:03 am

    Dell's unique twist on the laptop-cum-tablet is sleek, sturdy, highly usable, and pricey
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    Review Toshiba Satellite P845T-S4310: a little to bulky for the price

    Posted November 23, 2012 - 11:27 pm

    Toshiba’s Satellite P845t-S4310 is an interesting mix of budget laptop and all-purpose machine. It’s bigger and bulkier than most of the sleek machines on the market today, and its performance leaves quite a bit to be desired – even within its class. But it’s not quite at the price point ($800 or less) of a budget model, probably thanks to its sturdy aluminum body and premium speakers. This laptop is a Best Buy exclusive.
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    Review Acer S7-391: a serious edge for Windows 8

    Posted November 23, 2012 - 11:00 pm

    Acer isn't kidding when they describe the $1699, S7-391 ultraportable as cutting edge. This Windows 8 laptop is so thin (11.9 mm) and stiff, it could double as a weapon in the wrong hands. Did I say wrong hands? Assuming you can afford it, there are no wrong hands for this laptop. It's forward thinking in its design, eye-catchingly attractive, travels light, and is a heck of a performer.
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    HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4: fast, capable but heavy Windows 8 Ultrabook

    Posted November 11, 2012 - 9:57 pm

    The HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 is a cleanly designed, good performing Windows 8 laptop with a nice array of ports and good input ergonomics. The only issue is weight--the digitizer for the touchscreen, support for it and the overall build quality adds quite a bit of heft to the unit which travels at 5.3 pounds with AC adapter. That's heavy for a laptop with only a 14-inch display.
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    Dell XPS 12 Convertible Touch: laptop meets tablet

    Posted November 11, 2012 - 9:45 pm

    With the now-shipping Windows 8 fully controllable by touch as well as mouse and keyboard, you're bound to see some innovative portable designs such as the Dell XPS 12 Convertible Touch Ultrabook that take advantage of touch. In the XPS 12's case you can rotate its 12.5-inch touchscreen to face outward when the laptop is closed, turning it into a tablet. Clever, though the company might have taken it a step further.
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    Review: first look at Microsoft's sharp, new Windows Phone SDK

    Posted November 10, 2012 - 8:25 am

    Windows Phone SDK 8.0 gives developers extensive features, snappier code, lots of help, and the option to code in JavaScript and HTML
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    Review: Dell XPS 12 a classy, convertible Windows 8 Ultrabook

    Posted November 8, 2012 - 2:12 pm

    The Dell XPS 12 Ultrabook transforms from a 12.5-inch Windows 8 tablet to a full-fledged ultrabook with a touchscreen within seconds. But is it more than just a flashy toy? looks at whether the Dell XPS 12 is suitable for business users.
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